Warne joins MCC’s world cricket committee

Melbourne: Former Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne has been appointed to the Marylebone Cricket Club’s (MCC) world cricket committee, replacing former wicket-keeper Rod Marsh after six years.

Based at the Lord’s Cricket Ground in London, the MCC has been the sole authority on the laws of the game since it was founded in 1787. It comprises of current as well as former players and conducts meeting twice a year to discuss cricketing issues.

Reflecting on his selection, the 49-year-old said that it is a privilege for him to become a member of the MCC, cricket.com.au reported.

“It is an honour to have been asked to be a member of the MCC World Cricket committee,” he said.

Warne further said that he hopes to make significant contributions during the meetings.

“It is an extremely exciting time for cricket and I hope that I will have plenty to offer in discussion and debate,” he added.

Formed in 2006, the MCC’s world cricket committee has made recommendations that have resulted in a number of changes in the game, including the introduction of day-night Test matches and the adoption of the decision review system (DRS).

MCC world cricket committee chairman and former England skipper Mike Gatting said that the committee is delighted to welcome Warne, adding that he is sure Warne would offer great insights into different facets of cricket.

“We’re delighted to welcome Shane on to the committee. I am sure he will offer great insights into many different facets of the game,” he said.

Regarded as one of the greatest bowlers, Warne bagged a total of 708 wickets in 145 Test matches he played for Australia. Warne, who bid adieu to all formats of the game in 2013, was also made an honorary life member of the MCC in 2009.